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fourth industrial revolution

CSR: Upskilling Women for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) flags the transition from simple digitisation in the third industrial revolution to disruptive innovation through a combination of digital technologies and platforms. These technologies are changing the ways companies will do business across the manufacturing, services, and agriculture sectors. The 4IR presents an opportunity for women to build skill sets...
CSR in water

World Water Day: CSR interventions in India

It is World Water Day today. Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water. The theme...
Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani

Redefining philanthropy together as a family

For philanthropic families, the transition of decision-making and wealth can be a critical and challenging period. Given that respect for and deference to elders is a core family value in India, conversations to redefine philanthropy for the family can be difficult for Next Generation Philanthropists to initiate. But this is also a great opportunity to...
Water project by Ambuja Cement Foundation

CSR: Water as an impact multiplier

Despite having access to reasonably extensive aquifers, the coastal regions of India face a risk of saline water intrusion, rendering their water unusable without treatment. In the 1990s, Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF) observed that the salinity had seeped inland in the Gujarat coastline to up to 15 kilometres and the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) was...
gender equality

Gender Equality In The Private Sector

While it is governments that have the primary responsibility for implementation, there are a plethora of actors who play a role in implementation, including the United Nations, international financial institutions, the private sector and civil society. These actors cannot currently be held accountable in the same way as governments can. Private businesses, for example, are...
renewable energy

Accelerating India’s Transition to Renewable Energy

India’s renewables story thus far has been a huge success. No country of India’s size and low income per capita has done so much to bring the costs of renewables down, or position itself to leapfrog into a cleaner electricity system so early in its development pathway. India’s renewable policy 1.0, initiated notably with the...
sex workers

Social empowerment of sex workers

Sex workers routinely face discrimination and extremely high risks of violence, particularly at the hands of the police and clients. In 2004, at least eight incidents of violence were reported per sex worker per year in India, says a report by UN Women. Sex workers in that country are also among those at highest...
carbon pricing

Top Companies in India Push Internal Carbon Pricing

Investors are now starting to put vital environmental data at the heart of their decision-making to understand and reduce risks, protect investments and seize opportunities. It has become more important than ever for organisations to not only disclose but also commit to actions that can lead to measurable positive impacts. Setting an internal carbon price...
Azim Premji

CSR: Wipro Chairman Premji pledges 34% of shares to philanthropy

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji has earmarked 34% of Wipro Ltd shares worth INR 52,750 crore ($7.5 billion) for his philanthropic activities. “Azim Premji has increased his commitment to philanthropy, by irrevocably renouncing more of his personal assets and earmarking them to the endowment, which supports Azim Premji Foundation’s philanthropic activities,” the Foundation said in a...
adolescents

CSR: Transforming adolescent lives in India

India has 243 million adolescents by UNICEF’s count, but the country performed dismally on adolescent girls’ health, safety and education. A TrustLaw poll ranked India as the fourth most dangerous country in the world for women! Another UNICEF report indicated that 56% of adolescent girls in the 15-19 age group are anaemic while almost 20%...
Indian cricket team

CSR supporting Indian women’s cricket team

In 2017, our women’s team was the runners-up in the World Cup. Indian women’s cricket has had consistent performers. There were victories worth celebration and performances worth taking pride. But, the Women in Blue lacked recognition worth their game. Just this Saturday, opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana (World No 1. ICC ODI Ranking) scored a ravishing...
woman driving

CSR: Women breaking barriers by driving professionally

Through programmes like MetaSkills and Swayam, Indian women like Sunita, Bharti and countless others are breaking gender stereotypes in driving, changing their own lives and inspiring others. Sunita Santosh Palve from Mumbai completed her HSc and wanted to study further but had to discontinue her student life due to financial pressures. Sunita’s family includes her...

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